Mexican bird of paradise
Form: rounded shrub or multistemmed tree in warm, protected location
Size: 10-15ft, spread usual 1/2 to 1/3 height
rounded leaflets on
Leaves: alternate, bipinnate, round leaflets
Flowers: spikes of solid yellow clusters on branch terminals; flowers up to 6in long; bloom early spring through summer
Fruit: flat tan or yellow pod, 2-3in long ; splits to release hard small lima bean-shaped seed; seeds are poisonous
Hardiness: to mid-teens, damaged below that but recovers quickly
- small patio tree
- background shrub
- attracts hummingbirds
- Exposure: best in full sun, part shade okay
- Water: low; supplement with one watering per week during flowering period only
- Soil: tolerant
|blooms (young cluster)|
Propagation: seed, requires scarification Maintenance: moderate to high; pod cleanup, pruning of cold damage, training to form if desired
leaflets more round than other Caesalpina sp.
Caesalpinia mexicana trained to small tree form;
flowering period just beginning
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